This Wednesday January 30th join the millions of Canadians and people across the globe in the annual Bell Let’s Talk conversation about mental health.

In September 2010, Bell Canada launched the Bell Let’s Talk fundraising initiative which began discussions about Canada’s mental health. At that time, mental health in Canada wasn’t a popular topic. Although, the wide-spread response to the campaign, including the support of celebrity personalities, proved the importance of opening a discussion about mental illness to offer new ideas and hope to those suffering.

The campaign promotes awareness and action with a strategy based on 4 key pillars: anti-stigma through the promotion of understanding, care & access to support services where and when needed, research to better understand treatments and cures and improving workplace mental health.

According to Bell Let’s Talk, one in every five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Additionally, two-thirds of people living with mental illness are too afraid to seek the help they need. Whether it be you, a friend, family member or co-worker, each Canadian is affected by mental health.

This January 30th get involved by talking, texting, tweeting, watching the Bell Let’s Talk social media video, and using their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. For each applicable use Bell Canada will donate 5 cents to mental health programs across the nation. Currently, Bell’s total donation is over $93 million. Help surpass one billion messages of support and $100 million in total Bell funding.

By raising awareness and sharing ideas, Bell Let’s Talk aims to provide funding for organizations and institutions throughout Canada for better access, care and research. It’s an important mission, but remember, you can and should support mental health causes for the other 364 days of the year. You can contribute in many ways, including donating money, fighting the stigma through raising awareness on social media, or just reaching out to a friend in need.

Participate to help make a difference tomorrow. Everyone belongs.

When in need of somebody to talk with, contact one of the following 24-hour helplines:

  • Toronto Distress Centres: 416 408-4357 or 408-HELP
  • Gerstein Centre: 416 929-5200

If you are in a crisis situation, please call 911. And remember, it’s important to support mental health not just today, but every day.

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